2 years ago
Lucian Freud in five self-portraits
From the focused, linear depictions in his early works, to the triumphant naked portrait painted at the top of his game, Lucian Freud’s self-portraits are a testament to the artist’s indefatigable journey. Friend and art critic Martin Gayford selects five works from our forthcoming exhibition ‘Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits’.
< 5 years ago
Hockney: “People like pictures – they won’t go away”
In an extract from their forthcoming book, A History of Pictures, David Hockney RA and Martin Gayford discuss the impact of the digital age on art. Will painting survive?
5 years ago
Debate: Is originality in art overrated?
Should artists bow to tradition, or should they break all the rules? Martin Gayford and Richard Cork go head to head. Vote on the winner below.
< 7 years ago
Allen Jones on reinventing art
Allen Jones RA has been at the centre of artistic battles between abstraction and figuration, painting and sculpture, design and fine art. Martin Gayford meets the influential Pop artist whose retrospective is currently at the Royal Academy.
7 years ago
Throughout his career, the German artist Anselm Kiefer has confronted the weight of the past and the power of myth on a monumental scale. As the RA stages a major retrospective, Martin Gayford chronicles the extraordinary vision and transformative force of this colossus of contemporary art.
> 7 years ago
Cool, calm and collected
Why do artists collect art? We posed the question to artist collectors Damien Hirst, Tom Phillips RA, Howard Hodgkin and Georg Baselitz Hon RA, whose chiaroscuro prints are included in the ‘Renaissance Impressions’ show at the Academy.
> 9 years ago
David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture
By using the latest technology to present nature on a vast scale, the Academician breaks new ground yet again.